In the here-and-now presently-apocalyptic world of Cyclists vs. Shysters, two new fronts have opened. Read on.
In order to ensure you continue to get life-saving bike lanes, you need to spend 10 minutes today to tell your council member what you think. (Suggestion: you want bike lanes because they decrease injuries and save lives for ALL street users -- motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, dog walkers, dogs, cats, you name it -- and you want them fast, before the next 100 people needlessly die on New York City roads.)
Here are some facts so you better understand just how serious this business is:
Browse around here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA
Here's an article at RecumbentJournal.com on the subject
See my previous blog entry: Get involved in local politics to improve street safety.
And here are the two stories and what you should do:
New York Cycle Club Alert: Where You Can Help
Issue: Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich has announced a proposal for citywide bike licensing.
Action needed: Email the Councilman (e-mail address: eulrich [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov) and tell him why this scapegoating of all cyclists for the bad habits of a few is wrong. Mention you are a member of New York Cycle Club to show that, all together, we have clout.
Central Park Alert: The past week has seen a ticketing blitz by police directed at Park cyclists running red lights. This has occurred regardless of hour or density of traffic, pedestrian or otherwise, leaving a number of our members with $270 fines.
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Councilmembers James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio (Staten Island, Republican) are demanding new bike lanes be subject to a lengthy and unnecessary review process.
Paul Steely White
Transportation Alternatives ("T.A.")
Dear T.A. StreetBeat Reader,
As reported by the New York Post, Staten Island Republican Councilmembers James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio are demanding that all new bike lanes be subject to a lengthy -- and highly unnecessary -- review process. Councilmembers Oddo and Ignizio's proposal would put a snarl of red tape and potentially years of waiting time between New Yorkers and life-saving improvements to their streets.
Take Action: http://transalt.org/takeaction/actioncenter/5073
Send Councilmembers Oddo and Ignizio a fax and stand up against a long, drawn-out review bogging down life-saving bike lanes. Tell Councilmember Oddo and Ignizio that New Yorkers need bike lanes. We will not stand for their attack on safe streets.
T.A.'s legal committee is fast at work on an official answer to this nonsense. Meanwhile, before other Councilmembers begin blaming every other traffic jam on bicyclists, we need you to tell Councilmember James Oddo that obstructing the installation of bike lanes will only make our streets more dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.
On Manhattan's 9th Avenue, a parking-protected bike lane and its accompanying pedestrian islands reduced injuries for everyone by 56 percent. That's drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists, all safer because of a bike lane. Because bike lanes make streets safer for pedestrians and drivers too, their timely installation is integral to making our streets safer for everyone.
T.A. needs your help to defeat this attack on bicycling before it gets started. Stand up for your right to bicycle in a safe lane! Send an e-fax to Councilmember Oddo now!
Paul Steely White
To e-mail your councilmember, find their name and e-mail address below. You could also pick up the phone and call their office. I'm not certain how to address them, but try "Your Honor" -- can't be too far off -- and let me know how that goes.
MATHIEU EUGENE email@example.com
GALE BREWER firstname.lastname@example.org
FERNANDO CABRERA email@example.com
MARGARET CHIN firstname.lastname@example.org
LEROY COMRIE email@example.com
ELIZABETH CROWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
ERIC MARTIN DILAN Edilan@council.nyc.gov
JULISSA FERRERAS email@example.com
LEWIS A. FIDLER LFidler@council.nyc.gov
HELEN D. FOSTER firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel R. Garodnick email@example.com
James F. Gennaro firstname.lastname@example.org
VINCENT J. GENTILE email@example.com
SARA M. GONZALEZ Sgonzalez@council.nyc.gov
DANIEL J. HALLORAN firstname.lastname@example.org
VINCENT IGNIZIO Ignizio@council.nyc.ny.us
ROBERT JACKSON email@example.com
LETICIA JAMES firstname.lastname@example.org
PETER KOO email@example.com
G. Oliver Koppell firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Koslowitz Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov
BRAT LANDER email@example.com
JESSICA S. LAPPIN firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Levin email@example.com
Melissa Mark-Viverito firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlene Mealy email@example.com
Rosie Mendez firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMES S. ODDO email@example.com
ANNABEL PALMA firstname.lastname@example.org
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr email@example.com
JOEL RIVERA Joel.Rivera@council.nyc.gov
Ydanis Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMES SANDERS, Jr email@example.com
LARRY B. SEABROOK firstname.lastname@example.org
ERIC ULRICH email@example.com
JAMES VACCA firstname.lastname@example.org
JIMMY VAN BRAMER email@example.com
ALBERT VANN firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Weprin MWeprin@Council.NYC.gov
RUBEN WILLS Ruben.Wills@council.nyc.gov
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